The first lunch of 2021 was delayed until March in deference to the restrictions imposed by the Covid outbreak. It was gratifying therefore to find 19 hungry souls anxious to return to K. Suchard’s reincarnation of Pizzazo, aptly named New’s Restaurant.
Perhaps because of this, wining and dining started very promptly with Neudorf Tiritiri Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Nelson, NZ) and two tasty canapés. The winemaker promised “a serious rather than showy sauvignon with concentrated melon, apple and citrus flavours that dominate an array of more subtle notes (try ginger and roasted nut)”.
We moved on to Beef Carpaccio Classic Style with extra virgin olive oil, shaved parmesan & rocket. The only complaint one heard was that it lacked a second plateful to do it justice; it was very tasty, beautifully presented and drew deserved praise from Food Spokesman Andrew McDowell.
With it, Winemaster Thomas Boedinger had unearthed our last bottles of Altrovino Duemani Merlot/Cab Franc 2015 (Tuscany, Italy). This proved to be both very enjoyable and very cost effective (later vintages have doubled in price); Parker awarded it 91 points and said in 2016 “there is a wild, untamed and brambly element to the bouquet with forest floor, dark berry fruit, grilled herb and scorched earth. The wine shows a sharp and edgy personality that will soften with another year of bottle aging”.